Newsweek Scotland: Terrifying Tales
Are your knees still knocking? Forget Hallowe'en, if you read the Herald and the Scotsman this week you were confronted by a raft of headlines about UK Government lawyers who had discovered that an independent Scotland would be thrown out of the EU and would have to re-apply with appalling consequences. Scotland wouldn't be part of the UK/Ireland free travel zone because we would have to join the Schengen Agreement guaranteeing free movement for all European citizens so border controls would be needed between Scotland and England. (Think the Great Escape) We would be forced into the toxic Euro. Oh, and we are £41billion in debt to London. When you stack it all up you have to wonder if the Scots are a nation of bird brains to vote for Alex Salmond. Clearly WE ARE DOOMED.
Most of this came from legal papers "leaked" to journalists. Who would do such a thing? After all with a quad of ministers meeting weekly to discuss ways of tackling the SNP's referendum, it might look as if they were responsible for leaking government advice, something that shouldn't happen. The apparently uncritical tone of the reporting failed to lift the taint of suspicion. I'm sure we'll get a public statement of clarification from HMG next week.
Anyway in the relentless search for balance Newsweek is speaking to a leading academic with expertise in this field, Professor Michael Keating of Aberdeen University to see if he can shed light on what would really happen to EU membership after an independence vote. We hear from an SNP MEP and challenge him on just how "seamless" EU membership would really be and we get our economics guru Douglas Fraser to explain the £41 BILLION DEFICIT. He's not really a guru, I just can't remember his proper title.
We debate the Scottish Labour leadership...Yes, it's still dragging on and No, I've no idea when it will be over. We look at ethics in the City of London (seriously), Ireland, Italy and Greece and ask Angus Macleod to review the papers. Join me at 8...if your knees have stopped knocking.